“Use our loo” scheme is extended as public toilets close in Poole to save cash

TINKLE: Cllr Charmaine Parkinson and Cllr Mike White promoting the Community Toilet Scheme at Hamworthy Library

TINKLE: Cllr Charmaine Parkinson and Cllr Mike White promoting the Community Toilet Scheme at Hamworthy Library

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VISITORS to two areas of Poole should not have to worry about being caught short as more community toilets open their doors.

Borough of Poole closed its ageing public loos in Blandford Road, Hamworthy and Jubilee Road, off Ashley Road, Parkstone yesterday.

However, the council has extended its Community Toilet Scheme, which allows anyone to use the facilities in premises of those who have signed up.

Businesses taking part will display the “use our loo” sticker in their window and will receive a fee from the council to cover their costs.

In Hamworthy these include the library, the Red Lion and the Adam Practice medical centre and in Ashley Road Rosina’s Café, Waitrose, Oswald Bailey and the Victoria Cross pub.

Cllr Xena Dion, cabinet portfolio holder for a prosperous and sustainable Poole said: “We understand that public toilet facilities are important to residents and visitors.

“The Community Toilet Scheme is a way in which we can continue to make clean, safe and accessible toilets available to all people without increasing the burden on council taxpayers and still afford the ever growing costs in the future.”

There are 30 public toilets in Poole and the cost of running them rises as the buildings age. Many are in poor condition and the cost of carrying out work to them over the next 10 years has been estimated at £1.3million.

Community toilets are available during normal business hours and many have disabled and baby changing facilities.

Cllr Mike White, ward member for Hamworthy East said: “By working in partnership with local businesses the council is able to offer a much better standard of facilities than in traditional public toilets.”

Fellow ward member, Cllr Charmaine Parkinson, said: “I think the community toilet scheme will offer a better and much more pleasant choice of facilities for residents with an increased spread of facilities and will enable improvements to the rest of our ageing public toilet buildings which are much needed.”

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6:48am Tue 1 Apr 14

sarahinpoole says...

What will happen to the unused buildings then?
What will happen to the unused buildings then? sarahinpoole
  • Score: 4

7:19am Tue 1 Apr 14

Morrigan says...

So what happens during the evenings, weekends and public/bank holidays when the library at Hamworthy is closed? Likewise, the other shops who have signed up to it in the area. They are not open out of normal working ours and I don't particularly want to take my small grandchildren into the Red Lion just to use the loos. Besides, if people are shopping in the Co-Op, it's quite a walk to either the Library or the pub when small children or elderly people may not be able to "hold on" for too long.

Poole Council are shifting their responsibility onto local retailers and not thinking of the long term consequences or out of hours requirements. Shame on them for not providing PUBLIC LOOS !
So what happens during the evenings, weekends and public/bank holidays when the library at Hamworthy is closed? Likewise, the other shops who have signed up to it in the area. They are not open out of normal working ours and I don't particularly want to take my small grandchildren into the Red Lion just to use the loos. Besides, if people are shopping in the Co-Op, it's quite a walk to either the Library or the pub when small children or elderly people may not be able to "hold on" for too long. Poole Council are shifting their responsibility onto local retailers and not thinking of the long term consequences or out of hours requirements. Shame on them for not providing PUBLIC LOOS ! Morrigan
  • Score: 30

7:20am Tue 1 Apr 14

Morrigan says...

sarahinpoole wrote:
What will happen to the unused buildings then?
I expect they will be demolished and not replaced .....
[quote][p][bold]sarahinpoole[/bold] wrote: What will happen to the unused buildings then?[/p][/quote]I expect they will be demolished and not replaced ..... Morrigan
  • Score: 8

7:30am Tue 1 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

Morrigan wrote:
sarahinpoole wrote:
What will happen to the unused buildings then?
I expect they will be demolished and not replaced .....
Or a drop in for the drop outs?
[quote][p][bold]Morrigan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarahinpoole[/bold] wrote: What will happen to the unused buildings then?[/p][/quote]I expect they will be demolished and not replaced .....[/p][/quote]Or a drop in for the drop outs? BIGTONE
  • Score: 7

7:35am Tue 1 Apr 14

skydriver says...

It's a disgrace, but how else will they keep paying for the twin sails repairs, y another gaff from the councillors.
It's a disgrace, but how else will they keep paying for the twin sails repairs, y another gaff from the councillors. skydriver
  • Score: 10

7:42am Tue 1 Apr 14

Fishboy1973 says...

April Fools?
April Fools? Fishboy1973
  • Score: 4

8:28am Tue 1 Apr 14

Hessenford says...

So when all these places close in the evenings and weekends what do people do then, is this a money saving move as well as a revenue raising exercise.
So when all these places close in the evenings and weekends what do people do then, is this a money saving move as well as a revenue raising exercise. Hessenford
  • Score: 10

8:37am Tue 1 Apr 14

alasdair1967 says...

So people have fallen for the story WHAT DAY IS IT ?
So people have fallen for the story WHAT DAY IS IT ? alasdair1967
  • Score: -6

9:20am Tue 1 Apr 14

sarahinpoole says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
So people have fallen for the story WHAT DAY IS IT ?
If only... This story has been around a while
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: So people have fallen for the story WHAT DAY IS IT ?[/p][/quote]If only... This story has been around a while sarahinpoole
  • Score: 15

9:20am Tue 1 Apr 14

sarahinpoole says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
So people have fallen for the story WHAT DAY IS IT ?
If only... This story has been around a while
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: So people have fallen for the story WHAT DAY IS IT ?[/p][/quote]If only... This story has been around a while sarahinpoole
  • Score: 5

9:27am Tue 1 Apr 14

nickynoodah says...

You've got a park over there not far from the Co-op, I went once never again.
There is dog poo all over the place - even hanging in trees in plastic bags.
The whole plaice smells like a toilet, nobody cares ,some owners couldn't give a sh**. There's a shrubbery and a running brook behind the Queen Elizabeth outward bound 'S**t on your Sail' centre ideal if you get caught short. There's even a tap to wash your hands, you just as well use this park - the locals and dog walkers use it for a toilet anyway.
You've got a park over there not far from the Co-op, I went once never again. There is dog poo all over the place - even hanging in trees in plastic bags. The whole plaice smells like a toilet, nobody cares ,some owners couldn't give a sh**. There's a shrubbery and a running brook behind the Queen Elizabeth outward bound 'S**t on your Sail' centre ideal if you get caught short. There's even a tap to wash your hands, you just as well use this park - the locals and dog walkers use it for a toilet anyway. nickynoodah
  • Score: -4

10:20am Tue 1 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

I thought the idea of council tax was to pay for services. Things cost money to run. I suggest they stop wasting our money on total rubbish and concentrate on stuff that's vaguely important. Of course, if making cost savings on everything is the ultimate goal, why not stop paying the councillor such ridiculous sums, or better still, get shot of the lot of them? After all, if there are none, that would seem to be the ultimate cost saving....
I thought the idea of council tax was to pay for services. Things cost money to run. I suggest they stop wasting our money on total rubbish and concentrate on stuff that's vaguely important. Of course, if making cost savings on everything is the ultimate goal, why not stop paying the councillor such ridiculous sums, or better still, get shot of the lot of them? After all, if there are none, that would seem to be the ultimate cost saving.... speedy231278
  • Score: 5

10:25am Tue 1 Apr 14

jumptoit says...

The trouble with these community toilet schemes, it's okay if you know where the place participating in the scheme is located, but there's not a great big sign saying "toilet" outside the premises. Public toilets are generally easily recognizable even from a distance.
The trouble with these community toilet schemes, it's okay if you know where the place participating in the scheme is located, but there's not a great big sign saying "toilet" outside the premises. Public toilets are generally easily recognizable even from a distance. jumptoit
  • Score: 6

10:42am Tue 1 Apr 14

nickynoodah says...

Public toilets are generally easily recognizable even from a distance............
.............
That's true
you can smell them from half a kilometre away, depending on the wind direction
they don't smell like the fragrant.... Lilly of the Valley ....you know
Public toilets are generally easily recognizable even from a distance............ ............. That's true you can smell them from half a kilometre away, depending on the wind direction they don't smell like the fragrant.... Lilly of the Valley ....you know nickynoodah
  • Score: 5

10:54am Tue 1 Apr 14

rayc says...

"Cllr Xena Dion, cabinet portfolio holder for a prosperous and sustainable Poole said: “We understand that public toilet facilities are important to residents and visitors."

Then why not provide them? the cost of carrying out work to the buildings over the next 10 years has been estimated at £1.3million. That is hardly a fortune when the council cash reserves are taken into account. If the buildings had been maintained year on year then there wouldn't be a problem now.
"Cllr Xena Dion, cabinet portfolio holder for a prosperous and sustainable Poole said: “We understand that public toilet facilities are important to residents and visitors." Then why not provide them? the cost of carrying out work to the buildings over the next 10 years has been estimated at £1.3million. That is hardly a fortune when the council cash reserves are taken into account. If the buildings had been maintained year on year then there wouldn't be a problem now. rayc
  • Score: 10

2:21pm Tue 1 Apr 14

O'Reilly says...

sarahinpoole wrote:
What will happen to the unused buildings then?
Probably sell them....the one up Poole Hill in Bournemouth is up for sale.
[quote][p][bold]sarahinpoole[/bold] wrote: What will happen to the unused buildings then?[/p][/quote]Probably sell them....the one up Poole Hill in Bournemouth is up for sale. O'Reilly
  • Score: 0

3:15pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Molecatcher says...

O'Reilly wrote:
sarahinpoole wrote:
What will happen to the unused buildings then?
Probably sell them....the one up Poole Hill in Bournemouth is up for sale.
Affordable Housing...
[quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarahinpoole[/bold] wrote: What will happen to the unused buildings then?[/p][/quote]Probably sell them....the one up Poole Hill in Bournemouth is up for sale.[/p][/quote]Affordable Housing... Molecatcher
  • Score: 2

7:15am Wed 2 Apr 14

MJD says...

I can ashore you this is no April fools joke, its happening. Why didn't the Council negotiate with the Co-Op before giving planning permission for the new store in Hamworthy to have toilets that the public can use.
It is my opinion that the council will sale the toilet block by the Co-Op too the Co-Op and after a time give them planning permission for dwellings. If so it should be for affordable housing to replace the three semi detached blocks of Council houses that were demolished to allow the Co-Op to build a lager store. Now we have gone back to a mini store so they can stay open for longer with less choice of products and over priced goods compered to there competitors.
I can ashore you this is no April fools joke, its happening. Why didn't the Council negotiate with the Co-Op before giving planning permission for the new store in Hamworthy to have toilets that the public can use. It is my opinion that the council will sale the toilet block by the Co-Op too the Co-Op and after a time give them planning permission for dwellings. If so it should be for affordable housing to replace the three semi detached blocks of Council houses that were demolished to allow the Co-Op to build a lager store. Now we have gone back to a mini store so they can stay open for longer with less choice of products and over priced goods compered to there competitors. MJD
  • Score: 1

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